Bible Conference In Ephesus DAY TWO: SIT
“And raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:6-9 (ESV)
How many of us would think that Christianity does begin with walking? Yeah I know, we are told to walk worthy, to walk circumspectly and to walk uprightly but as Watchman Nee observed it begins with sitting. “God…made Him to sit…and made us to sit with Him”, said Nee To-sheng. Ain’t nothing in there about walking but a lot of will ask “How do we reach our goal if we don’t walk?” Yeah, I’m a little vexed with the sitting first and then walking, unless we have to tie our shoes. Which would mean preparation first then standing up, but with the ‘Sit, Walk, Stand” thinking of Nee To-sheng to walk first represents works and standing puts the entirety of our body weight on our feet. Sitting is about resting. Oohh…
We are told to find rest in Him so this means…rest in Him who is seated at the right hand of the Father? (Hebrews 1:3) AH-HA!! Ya see it’s like this, when the Christian life begins in us we become “in Christ” and when, by faith, we understand we are now a part of Christ we, therefore, can see ourselves seated with Him in heaven. The being redeemed in Jesus Christ isn’t something that we get to DO but rather have to understand it has already been DONE. So…If we try to do anything, we get nothing and if we try to attain anything, we’ll miss everything. Basically we need to accept God’s invitation to sit down and enjoy what has been done for us and stop trying to hurry up to the local soup kitchen and serve the needy.
Now the question Nee To-sheng raises is “What does it really mean to sit down?” Well that begins with not wrestling with the question “How do we reach our goal if we don’t walk?” and accepting that sitting is an attitude of rest. You have to admit that when we walk or stand we spend our energy and eventually will become weary. Jesus is quite clear when He says to all of us, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” So in the Spiritual sense to sit down is basically taking time to rest our whole weight—casting the whole load, ourselves, our future, our everything’s—upon Jesus Christ. What a privilege to carry everything to God…in prayerful obedience!!
Can you imagine how the prodigal son felt when, after all that standing over the pig pen and the humiliating walk all the way back to his father’s house resulted in him being given rest? But what of the older brother…all that doing going on, only leading to jealousy because he couldn’t find that rest in the father’s home. You see the younger brother had to come home first then find that rest, the older brother was already in the house. What we see in the parable it that no matter how hard you work or wayward you become, it is the father that gives rest and gives it generously.
And so as it should be. As we read in the 2nd chapter of Ephesians, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, it is by grace you have been saved” has never a truer statement made for those “in Christ” right? Nee To-sheng says to this “Just you stop “giving” and you will prove what a Giver God is! Stop “working” and you will discover what a Worker He is!” So this day let’s find that rest for our souls and enjoy who He is and who we are in Him. Amen? — Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: “Whereas God worked six days and then enjoyed His Sabbath rest, Adam began his life with the Sabbath; for God works before He rests, while man must enter into God’s rest, and then He can work alone.”—Watchman Nee
Verse to Memorize: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3